Sony's new PSP is handsome and plays PS3 games *drool*
Sony's new PlayStation Portable machine has been highly anticipated and it really looks like business!
Codenamed the NGP (Next Generation Portable), this little gadget will do a helluva lot for your buck. Sony president Kaz Hirai says that the new handheld device will contain a "revolutionary" user interface, social connectivity, location-awareness, augmented reality, and PlayStation Suite compatibility.
The new PSP has a new 5 inch OLED screen running at 960 by 544 pixels. which means (or at least, Sony claims) that you'll be able to view the NGP's screen clearly from any angle. Well, unless you're looking at the back of it.
That said, it is also multitouch capable and allows users to interact with the device's back plane as well. That means you could well be using the front and rear panels, which is something the Nintendo 3DS won't be able to do. It also features dual rubber joysticks like the ones seen on a PS3 controller. The NGP also has dual cameras, one front and one rear.
The important thing is the games though, which you'll download as opposed to buy on discs. They'll be PS3 quality and, in addition, you'll be able to play your PS3 games on it which you'll export to your device. Sounds far-fetched, but reports are all backing up Sony's claims.
The NGP will also include WiFi, 3G and GPS technologies. It sounds like a very impressive piece of technology which has thus far, not been given a price. It could be quite an expensive bit of kit initially, but there are rumours that Sony may want to go head-to-head with Nintendo and price it in the same bracket as the DS. We'll just have to wait and see.